Govt Ministers Prohibited From Appointing Relatives as Personal Assistants

By The Irrawaddy 26 April 2016

RANGOON — The President’s Office published a statement on Monday restricting union level government ministers from appointing close relatives as personal assistants.

The guidelines for government officials also applicable to all regional governments and have been distributed to the relevant offices, the statement said. The document was signed by Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the minister of the President’s Office, on April 1.

“Members of the union government are restricted from appointing their wife, husband or close relatives as personal assistants in government offices and organizations,” the guidelines read.

According to the statement, close relatives include one’s siblings, children, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Only public servants can undertake the position in accordance with existing regulations.